Trang  Nguyen

Major Professor

Degree Level

Doctorate (PhD)
Trang Nguyen
PhD Candidate

Interests: Soil nitrogen and carbon cycling, Soil microbiology, Soil enzymology, Soil -omics, Soil Biochemistry

Current research: Protein turnover in soils as a controller of soil Nitrogen cycling, funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), Agriculture Research Foundation (ARF) and Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF)

Department of Crop and Soil Science
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Research

I am currently doing my PhD thesis in the Soil science program in Oregon State University with Dr. David Myrold. My research is to evaluate the microbial regulators of protein degradation in soils as a controller of nitrogen turnover. I am interested to know how soil proteins break down under different environmental conditions and differentiate the contribution of different soil microbial functional groups to soil proteolytic enzyme activities. Protein depolymerization was recently recognized as a critical rate-limiting step in the nitrogen cycle before any further mineralization or immobilization occurs. Extracellular protease activity is predicted to play an important role in this process. I want to discover how forested soil environments, with wide ranges of mineralogy and microbial composition, might contribute and characterize this bottle-neck in the nitrogen cycle. 

Biography

PhD. Soil Science, 2013-Present, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA.

B.S. Environmental Sciences, minor in Environmental Toxicology and Technology, with high distinction and honors, Valedictorian, Jun. 2013, Honors College, Vietnam National University of Science, Hanoi, Vietnam. 

Publications

PUBLICATIONS

Nguyen T.H.T., Mueller D. R., Myrold D.D., “Diversity and Phylogenetic Distribution of Extracellular Prokaryotic Peptidases”, In preparation

Nguyen K.M, Tran V.S, Truong V.T, Nguyen T. Y., Nguyen T.H.T., “Research on using peat as an adsorbent for color organic compounds removal from textile dyeing wastewater”, 2012, VNU Journal of Science, Natural Science and Technology 28, No. 4S(2012) 118-123

Nguyen K.M., Nguyen T.H.T., Nguyen T.L., Chu A.D., Pham M.C., Nguyen T.N., “Research on water quality of Nhue River- Hanoi” , 2012, VNU  Journal of Science, Natural Science and Technology 28, No. 4S(2012) 111-117

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

Nguyen T.H.T., Mueller D. R., Myrold D.D., Oral Presentation, “Diversity and Phylogenetic Distribution of Extracellular Microbial Peptidases”, April 23-28th, 2017, European Geosciences Union General Assembly (EGU), Vienna, Austria

REGIONAL, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATIONS

Nguyen T.H.T., Mueller D. R., Myrold D.D., Oral Presentation, “Diversity and Phylogenetic Distribution of Extracellular Microbial Peptidases”, Nov 6-9th, 2016, ASA, CSSA & SSSA International Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona; Poster by Myrold D.D., Aug 21-26th, 2016, International Symposium on Microbial Ecology (ISME), Montreal, Canada; and Poster presentation, Aug 1-3rd, 2017, Multi-omics for Microbiomes-EMSL Integration Conference 2017, Pasco, Washington

Nguyen T.H.T., Mueller D.R., Myrold D.D., Poster, “Phylogenetic distribution of secreted peptidases in microorganisms”, Mar 16-19th, 2016, Vietnam Education Foundation Fellows and Scholars Conference, Washington DC

Nguyen T.H.T., Kasschau K.T., Myrold D.D., Poster, “Differentiating microbial contributions to soil protease activity”, Feb. 26-27th, 2015, Oregon Society of Soil Scientists (OSSS) Winter Meeting, Astoria, Oregon

Nguyen T.H.T., Kasschau K.T., Myrold D.D., Poster, “Differentiating microbial contributions to soil protease activity”, Nov. 2-5th, 2014, ASA, CSSA & SSSA International Annual Meeting, Long Beach, California

Nguyen T.H.T., Kasschau K.T., Myrold D.D., Poster, “Preliminary data: Differentiating microbial contributions to soil protease activity”, Feb. 27, 28th, 2014, Oregon Society of Soil Scientists (OSSS) Winter Meeting, Bend, Oregon

Nguyen T.H.T., Nguyen K.M., Tran V.S., Poster, “Removal of Copper (II) in aquatic environment by natural peat: Kinetics and factors influencing on adsorption efficiency”, Oct. 10-11th, 2012, International Conference on Sustainable Concept for Industrial Wastewater Treatment and Industrial Zone Management, VNU of Science and IEEM, University of Witten/Herdecke, Hanoi, Vietnam

Nguyen T.H.T., Nguyen K.M., Tran V.S., Oral Presentation, “Removal of Copper (II) in aquatic environment by natural peat: Kinetics and factors influencing on adsorption efficiency”, Apr. 2012, Student Research Conference 17th, Vietnam National University of Science, First Prize Award

Awards and Honors

2017 TerraGenome Young Scientist Grant for Multiomics for Microbiome-EMSL Integration Conference 2017 from Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL), TerraGenome RCN

2017 International Travel award from Graduate School, Oregon State University (OSU)

2017 Cheney Scholarship Fund (Crop and Soil Science Travel Award), Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, OSU

2016 Rod & Ruby Frakes Scholarship for excellent graduate students in College of Agricultural Sciences, OSU

2016 J. Ritchie Cowan Memorial Fellowship for excellent graduate students in Department of Crop and Soil Science, OSU

2015 Larry C. Burrill Memorial Scholarship for excellent graduate students in Department of Crop and Soil Science, OSU

2015 John B. Good Scholarship for excellence in study and the potential for accomplishment in a natural resources career, awarded by Oregon Society of Soil Scientists

2014 Travel awards from the Grace Armah-Agyeman Travel Award for International Women Students fund

2014 Travel award from the Robert and Carolyn Witters Fund for Support of Plant Science Graduate Students

2013-2018 Professional Development Grant (PDG), Vietnam Education Foundation

2013-2018 Fellowship of Vietnam Education Foundation, a United States governmental agency, for Doctorate Study in Oregon State University, Soil Science Program

2013 Honorable award of Hanoi People's Committee for excellent achievements in studying, Hanoi

2013 PVFCCo (Petro Vietnam Fertilizer and Chemical Corporation) scholarship for excellent students, Hanoi

2012 First Prize in Student Research Conference 17th of Vietnam National University of Science, Hanoi

2011 “Distinctive Student” Title awarded by Director of Vietnam National University of Science, Hanoi

2011 Scholarship for Student Leaders to Study in US Institutes on Global Environmental Issues, Department of State

2010 Pony Chung Fellowship for outstanding students in Vietnam National University of Science, Hanoi

2009-2013 Honor scholarships for eight continuous terms from Vietnam National University of Science, Hanoi

Fun Fact

ACTIVE PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP & SOCIAL OUTREACH

President, 2016- Present, Association of Graduate Soil Students (AGSS), OSU

Steward Council, 2016- Present, Coalition of Graduate Employees (CGE)

Executive team member, 2017- Present, VietAgGlobal (VAG), a non-profit international organization, Vietnam and USA

Executive organizing committee, 2013 – Present, Annual Warkentin Lecture series, Depart. Of Crop and Soil Science

Member, 2016- Present, European Geosciences Union (EGU), Europe

Member, 2014-Present, Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), Oregon, USA

Member, 2013-Present, Oregon Society of Soil Science (OSSS), USA

International Exchange US Alumnus, Jul. 2011- Present, US Alumni network